February 12




Mon Feb 19 NO Workouts Family Day (except SrGold/SrSilver 3:00-4:30pm CGAC)

NO Senior Bronze/Blue workouts at WSRC the week of Feb 19-23

Tues Feb 20 Senior Bronze and Blue 4:30 – 5:30 pm CHOCC

Tues Feb 20 Development 1 5:30 – 6:30 pm CHOCC

Thurs Feb 22 Senior Gold/Silver swim 3:30 – 4:30 pm CGAC

Thurs Feb 22 Senior Bronze/Blue swim 4:30 – 5:30 pm CGAC

Thurs Feb 22 Age Group Gold/Silver swim 5:30 – 6:30 pm CGAC

Fri Feb 23 Senior Bronze 6:00 – 7:30 am CGAC

Fri Feb 23 Senior Blue 3:30 – 4:30 pm CHOCC

Sat Feb 24 Age Group Gold/Silver swim 5:30 – 6:30 dryland 6:30 – 7:30 am

Sat Feb 24 Age Group Blue/Bronze swim 6:30 – 7:30 dryland 7:30 – 8:30 am


There will be NO workouts for ALL LAC groups (except Senior Gold and Silver) during the March Break from March 12 – 17.



The following has been posted in this space before...possibly the single most important contributing factor to success.

SHOWING UP! (from SWIM SWAM contributor and CONQUER THE POOL author Olivier Poirier-Leroy)

You can’t always control your training environment, and you certainly cannot manipulate how tall you are or how big your feet and hands become, but there is something you can control about your swimming, and it still counts for a lot. It’s old fashioned, it’s quasi-boring and it’s not some fancy new swim gadget. It’s showing up. In the face of fatigue, of doubt, of uncertainty, it’s making the repeated decision that you are going to show up. 

Showing up removes the need for perfection. Swimmers who consistently perform at a high level understand that not every practice is going to be flawless. There will be days where no matter how well rested or how well warmed up you are, the stroke just isn't there. Does this mean the process is flawed? Or that no good can be drawn from those less-than-awesome workouts? Of course not. The consistent swimmer understands that this is part of the deal. All too often swimmers fall into the mental trap of believing that if they set a goal to do something in the pool, and they fall off even a little bit, then they have failed. That if a practice goes poorly, this means that their season-end goal is done with. That bad workout or bad set launches them into a demoralized spiral of less than optimal practices that lasts far longer than the original bad outing. Those who show up understand that it is about doing it better, on average, over the long haul. It's about PERSISTENCE! There will be the occasional dud, but just as they don’t let a great practice get them carried away, great swimmers don’t allow the infrequent stinker to derail the overall upward trending of their swimming skills.

Showing up isn’t the silver bullet solution most swimmers are looking for when they ask what it will take to make the next move up the ladder. Most people – as is typical of our culture these days– are searching for a shortcut, an easier way to get where they want to go. Ultimately, no matter what it is you want to do with your swimming, it will all come back to one question…

Will you be the swimmer that shows up today? 

CONGRATULATIONS to the Western University Mustangs and Head Coach Paul Midgley for their silver medal finish (behind the University of Toronto) at the Ontario University Championships last weekend at Western University. Former LAC'er Jessica Allen won 3 bronze medals (50BK, 200MR, 400MR). Brigitte Ryan swam breaststroke on the 200MR while coach Lexi Meklensek was on both bronze-medal winning medley relays. 


ALL LAC swimmers are invited to participate in our Annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place the weekend of May 5-6, these swim times will replace our regular schedule that weekend and all swimmers are welcome to attend.

Senior Gold/Silver 5:30 – 8:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Gold/Silver 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC Sat May 5

Development 2 7:00 -9:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Senior Bronze/Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Orange & Development 1 6:30 – 8:30 am CHOCC Sat May 5

Age Group Bronze 8:00 – 10:00 am CHOCC Sun May 6

Age Group Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CHOCC Sun May 6

Our fundraising efforts for swim-a-thon are done using Swim Canada's online fundraising program.

To register your swimmer (or swim family if you have multiple swimmers and would prefer one family page) please follow this link to get started and begin collecting donations.  Our club goal this year is $20,000 and there will be fantastic prizes available to win! The top 3 fundraisers will receive LAC spirit wear, and the top 12 fundraisers will be invited to a bowling party with the coaches and will be able to pick a prize from the prize table.

This year Swimming Canada is unable to issue any receipts in any circumstance.  You may find out more information here:

Remember the funds raised from swim-a-thon will go towards launching our fundraising project of a new video scoreboard as well as updating our club record board and increased coaching education.

If you have any questions about Swim-a-thon please contact Donna at



The January Spiritwear orders have now been placed. If you would like to place an order please print off the form on the LAC website under the "Swimmer Info" tab under the "LAC Swim Equipment" tab. Complete the order form and deposit it in the LAC mailbox at CGAC. Please include the payment with the order (cheques made out to London Aquatic Club). The next order date will be in March.



If you have any concerns please contact Donna at



Mark will be back next week. Usually Mark fills this space with all sorts of valuable info about upcoming clinics he's running, rule interpretations that may be fuzzy, and upcoming meets that need volunteers and would be great opportunities to contribute to the LAC cause, the swimming cause in general, and of course the development of all our kids. Today, however, we use this space to give a big shout-out and props to both Mark, and Rose Bloch-Hansen, for their tireless and absolutely unselfish efforts on behalf of swimming in the greater London area. Within the span of 5 weeks Mark and Rose have given virtually every moment of their "spare" time to help deliver quality competitive swimming events...12&Under Celebration (and time trial), Western Region Championships, 2 high school meets, and the Ontario University Championships. We're not sure how they do it, but we are sure of this: without them we (as in LAC) would be in a very precarious spot. So the next time you see Mark and/or Rose, how about offering them a sincere thanks for their incredible efforts, they definitely deserve it. Mark and Rose:


If you have any officiating questions please contact me, Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at







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Club hosted meets help to reduce membership fees by 20-25% as well as reducing travel costs by attending fewer out-of-town meets. To ensure the Club has sufficient resources to host meets, most LAC swim families are required to work a minimum of 22 sessionsduring club hosted meets (please see below for exceptions). These sessions may be worked through officiating or working at the club’s food canteen, awards or other positions. Any unfulfilled session credits will be billed at a rate of $40.00 per session to the swim family’s Swimmer Account at the end of the season. Please note that this is not meant to be a “fundraiser” but rather an incentive to participate in the running of home meets. Swim families may receive up to 5 donated session credits from another club family to complete their credits, however any more than the 5 donated session credits must be approved by the board. Session commitments are waived for first year swim families with no prior competitive swim club affiliation, as well as for introductory and post-secondary students training full time with the club and for varsity swimmers, although assistance during swim meets from these groups is greatly appreciated.  First year families ARE required to fulfill the LAC orientation program. This includes participating in an Introductory to Swimming clinic during the swim season and a follow up “on-deck” mentoring session.

*** Families of Development swimmers who are not in their first year of competitive swimming who do not have a swimmer in another level are required to fulfill only 11 of the assigned session credits.***

There is a session credit FAQ under the "Parent Info" tab under "Session Credits.



Instructions for ordering swim equipment can be found on the LAC website under “Swimmers Info” under the “LAC swim equipment” tab. Also found on the website is the TAS shark card, you will need this card when purchasing Team Aquatic Supplies merchandise at swim meets or in their stores.

If you have any equipment questions please contact



We have had a few requests to get this facebook (London Aquatic Club – Swim Team Equipment Swap) site up and running again. Feel free to post any items you would like to sell or any requests for equipment you might be looking for.



Information for the newsletter should be emailed to  by 10 am Monday mornings.